On Writing

December 30

Birthdays: Rudyard Kipling (1865), L. P. Hartley (1895), Paul Bowles (1910), Jane Langton (1922), Mercer Mayer (1943), Patti Smith (1946), James Kahn (1947), Lewis Shiner (1950), Melissa Fay Greene (1952), Douglas Coupland (1961), Sean Hannity (1961), Chandler Burr (1963)

Rudyard Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Jane Langton’s book “The Fledgling” was a Newbery Honor book.

Quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling

Tip: End of the year business accounting: have you kept track of all your writing-related spending as well as your income? You’ll need these records for tax time. And note: some states/localities require you to pay quarterly taxes.

Jumpstart: While cleaning out your parent’s attic, you find a shoebox full of postcards from a person signed M.G. and addressed to your mother. They come every year on the same date and go back to the day of your birth…

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